We have to bring the Syrian conflict to an end: Ban

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held discussions on Thursday with US Secretary of State John Kerry on what he termed, "the appalling situation in Syria".

Secretary-General Ban told reporters ahead of the meeting that the conflict is now continuing for almost two and a half years.

” More than 100,000 people have been killed. Millions of people have either been displaced or become refugees in neighbouring countries. We have to bring this to an end. Military and violent actions must be stopped by both parties, and it is thus imperative to have a peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible.”

Secretary-General Ban said he would spare no effort to convene the Geneva meeting as soon as possible. Plans for the meeting were initiated by Secretary Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

At the same time, the Secretary-General said that the head of the chemical weapons investigation team, Dr. Åke Sellström, and the High Representative for Disarmament, Angela Kane, have just visited Syria, meeting senior officials of the Syrian Government to discuss the modalities of the investigation.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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